According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation: “Osteoporosis and low bone mass are currently estimated to be a major public health threat for almost 44 million women and men aged 50 and older in the USA.”
The very good news is that a tasty food oil has been shown to help protect the bones as people age. A recent study from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has discovered that olives, olive oil and their potent plant nutrients called “polyphenols”, have a high potential for strengthening bones and preventing osteoporosis.
Studies with animals and humans show evidence that the bone protective effects of olives and oil are caused by three different abilities. These foods can inhibit the breakdown of bone and its minerals; they have a positive effect on new bone formation; and the unique underlying action behind this is the power of olives to suppress inflammation and stress in the body.
Cellular studies have demonstrated that the plant nutrients in olives enhance the growth of cells that form new bone and decrease the growth of bone cells that break down bone tissue. Human studies revealed that daily consumption of olive oil could prevent a decline in bone mineral density. The research scientists concluded that eating olives, olive oil and their specific plant nutrients, are effective dietary improvements to keep bones strong and prevent osteoporosis.
Other studies have found that olive oil can protect against high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. Some good ways to eat olive oil is to use it in salad dressings and on vegetables, rub it on meat and fish before cooking to keep it moist, use it instead of butter in sauces and gravies, spread it on fresh bread, and saute or cook food with it.
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